MODULES, SPECIMENS, and IMPROVISATIONS
A collection by Rosalyn Richards
SHOW DATES: April 4th – May 6th 2017
OPENING RECEPTION *: Sunday, April 9th 4:00-6:00 pm
*Free and Open to the Public
In my visual work I have been engaged in an investigation of the inner structures of forms from nature and the hidden dimensions of natural processes. I have developed these ideas through a number of media such as painting, printmaking and drawing, as each medium reveals a particular visual quality as the realization of the concepts are explored. I use printed material as a stimulus for an idea, and often work in a collage manner by reconstructing found images from scientific sources. Using material from fields outside of art has helped me avoid some of the more familiar elements and techniques of abstract art. Images from biology, particle physics, satellite photography, biotechnology, and geological survey maps, have all served as influences on my work. My goal has been to transform this scientific, rational material into a personal, introspective poetic visual language.
Much of my work is the product of much time, with attention given to surface and detail. This meditative working process allows for a rich accumulation of marks, and a precise depiction of forms in order to create a lyrical ambience. Rationality and constraint are contrasted with introspection and expressiveness. Objective and analytical approaches are contrasted with the subjective and intuitive.
I often structure my images through the use of repeated forms and shapes. As a result, some images seem to depict expanding cellular forms. Other images suggest an inner world of forces and events found in nature, and the suggestion of transformative processes. The perceived scale of the images could range from the cosmic to the microscopic world of cell mutation. There are various associations and interpretations connected to the work, and the images can be seen as metaphors for the human impulse to search for hidden meaning within these natural structures.